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Poster: Skobud Date: Apr 29, 2010 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: BPO member speaks about 3/17/70

Ok, so in my endless pursuit of info about 3/17/70, I have located someone who was in the orchestra and his name is Ed Yadzinski. I believe he played the sax. This is a copy of the Email he sent me....

Dear Mr. Skobud:

Yes - the concert took place in Kleinhans Music Hall - it was a special program
for which maestro Lukas Foss invited the GD to perform with the BPO
(I was a member of the Orchestra 1963-1990) - and I remember the performance very well.

The GD members were very polite - very respectful - and we could see immediately they
had never been on stage with a symphony orchestra before - I spoke with them during
rehearsal - they barely "warmed up" - but kept looking around and listening to around
35 violinists, 12 violists, 10 cellists and 10 string bass players, along with all the
symphonic woodwinds, brass & percussion - quite a scene - they were very appreciative
of the opportunity to share the stage with 90 symphonic musicians

The BPO & GD performed a piece together - with 2 conductors - an experimental ad hoc piece
titled "Challenge" where the point was to trade musical effects back and forth - good fun
(no printed score or parts - only verbal cues from the conductors)

The GD also played a couple of pieces by themselves.

Recordings of live symphonic concerts without recording fees were forbidden - so
regretfully there are no recordings available (from time to time a rumor claims that
a pirated tape was made - but nothing has ever emerged) (it was very difficult at
that time to pirate a concert - the needed equipment was then too large to hide)

...and no one had a camera of any kind (to our best knowledge) - sadly no photos

There were no posters - but I think a printed program was issued - which may be in
the restricted holdings of the central Buffalo library - if you wish I can try to
locate a photocopy

If you ever find supporting memorabilia, we would appreciate copies for the Archive

Best Wishes,
Ed Yadzinski,
BPO Historian and Archivist (volunteer)

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 29, 2010 5:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BPO member speaks about 3/17/70

Very Cool "Mr." Skobud

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Apr 29, 2010 7:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BPO member speaks about 3/17/70

Detective Skobud perhaps........

Turn him loose on Goldman Sux.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 29, 2010 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BPO member speaks about 3/17/70

Wow, nice work man!

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 29, 2010 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BPO member speaks about 3/17/70

Excellent! Endless proofs for this show! It didn't occur to me to actually write the BPO archivist, & I'm surprised the blackdog site doesn't have a message like this. If more BPO members could be found, they'd probably have interesting things to say...

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Apr 29, 2010 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BPO member speaks about 3/17/70

That is very cool, nice work.

I can only think of one other thing to say; Gotta love this place!!